drop earrings with cleaning cloth and non toxic cleaning chemical

Find out how to clear earrings

It is extremely important to clean earrings. Both for your personal hygiene and for the longevity of the earrings.

Earrings are exposed to more dirt and grime than any other piece of jewelry, except for rings. Unlike fingers (and rings), which are cleaned frequently, the nature and location of the earrings means that the earring’s dirt stays inside for much longer.

Why cleaning your earrings is so important

Use your toothbrush to clean the earrings at home

Cleaning your earrings regularly is very important, and not just for the reasons you keep hearing about them. Below are some key reasons why you should get used to cleaning your earrings very often.

  • Grease and dirt. The natural oils, as well as accumulated creams and other grease and grime from fingers, shampoos and soaps that we don’t rinse off properly, hair products and more surround all earrings almost permanently.
  • Keep the shine. The design of most earrings also makes them a haven for tiny particles that collect and (literally) immediately take the shine off. The difference between clean and unclean earrings is usually extremely pronounced.
  • Prevention of bacteria and infections. The important reason is to prevent bacteria and infections. It’s important to remember that an earring actually goes in one part of your body and comes out on another. You can of course wear clip-on earrings, but these are less common these days than they used to be, with pierced ears being the norm.

Because the earrings touch your ears, they are much more prone to infection (than rings or necklaces are likely to be). Failure to clean your earrings regularly can be a very painful and dangerous experience if the ear becomes infected.

Using alcohol wipes in the jewelry store

Customer looking at ring in hand showroom

It is very important to note that you should always clean earring pins when you try them on at the jewelry store. Earrings are typically tried on by so many people in the store and can often be high in bacteria and dirt.

We recommend requesting alcohol swabs from jewelers before trying on a new pair of earrings.

Preparation for household cleaning

Clean jewelry with soap

Please make sure you do this Not Perform cleaning techniques for all jewelry Emeralds or pearls.

It may seem incredibly obvious to say, but wash your hands both before starting and before putting it back in. Your hands are teeming with bacteria. So why should you risk transferring this to the exposed hole in your ear?

Also, there’s no point cleaning the earrings and then putting the same dirt and bacteria on them while you put the pin back through the hole. Although soap and water will clean and possibly even disinfect your hands when you use antibacterial soap, any cake or even liquid soap can leave residue that can be left on the earring and ear.

Better to use an alcohol-based gel that will leave very little residue and completely sterilize your hands.

How to clean earrings

There are 2 successful methods for cleaning earrings. Read the instructions, then decide which cleaning method is better for the earrings you want to clean.

1st method – Submerged earrings in cleaning solutions

Clean the earrings with chemicals in the cup

For the vast majority of earring styles, a simple water wash is more than enough to keep your jewelry nice and clean. However, if you have earrings with lots of tiny stones, intricate filigree, fine milgrains, or haven’t cleaned your earrings in a while, Method 1 may require.

  1. Fill a small container (shot glass or plastic cup) with a cleaning solution
  2. Place the earrings in the container for 5 minutes
  3. Gently scrub the earrings with a soft toothbrush
  4. Wash the earrings in warm water
  5. Dry the earrings

Some gemstones, such as B. diamonds are easily immersed in alcohol or hydrogen peroxide, and gin is also an excellent cleaning fluid. This makes the dirt difficult to move, which can then be easily wiped off with a cotton pad.

Use a soft toothbrush to loosen and remove buried dirt and grease. Please make sure not to scrub the earrings too hard.

You may have to repeat the process two or three times if your earrings are particularly dirty. If you make cleaning a regular activity, you should only need to do the above process once.

If the earrings are very dirty, you can do the same process. However, leave the earrings in the cleaning solution for 12 hours.

Method 2 – Submerged earrings in hot water

Clean drop earrings in the hot water bowl

This technique involves heating hot water and pouring it into a container. You can soak the earrings in the container for 20 minutes, followed by a thorough cleaning with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Wait for the earrings to reach room temperature, then wash them with warm tap water. Use a hair dryer to dry the clean earrings.

  • Fill a container with boiling water
  • Place the earrings in a container for 20 minutes
  • Gently scrub the earrings with a toothbrush
  • Wait until all the heat has left the earrings
  • Wash the earrings in warm water
  • Dry the earrings

How to perform a regular ritual to clean the earrings

You can buy ready-made cleaning solutions at most jewelry stores, and while it isn’t particularly expensive, cheaper methods are available to you.

By far the simplest cleaning products readily available are alcohol or hydrogen peroxide. Both are excellent disinfectants, and excess material that doesn’t wash off evaporates quickly. In the case of hydrogen peroxide, it breaks down to a simple water solution in air, so few possible side effects or skin reactions are likely.

Naturally, make sure Check the table below before using chemicals on your gemstone earrings.

Stones that are safer to clean with chemicals

The use of gloves is highly recommended as both liquids can dry out the skin of your fingers very quickly.

However, be careful with the concentration with hydrogen peroxide. When purchased from a pharmacy, the concentrate is in a safe range of 3-6%, which is great for cleaning jewelry and other items. If given elsewhere, it could be more than 30% concentrate, which can cause skin damage and be fatal if swallowed.

How do I do a weekly earring cleaning session?

Drop the earrings with a cleaning cloth and a non-toxic cleaning chemical

The actual cleaning method is very simple, regardless of the solvent you choose. Simply put some of the cleaning solution on a cotton ball (or microfiber cloth) and use the pad to clean the various parts of the earrings, including the plastic or metal back that holds them in place.

Ideally, you would do this every day, but it isn’t always practical. However, try to develop the habit of cleaning your worn out earrings on one weekly to avoid problems that may arise over time.

  • Pour some solvent on a cotton ball
  • Clean the earrings with the pad
  • Run the earrings under warm tap water
  • Let the earrings dry

Note: If your ears have been pierced for less than 6 weeks, you should not remove the earrings. If necessary, you can clean the earrings with rubbing alcohol.

Take the earrings to a jewelry store

Clean the earrings with a professional steam engine

This option may be a little more difficult, but it is without a doubt the best option for someone who has really dirty earrings. Jewelers have professional equipment with which you can clean your earrings and make them shine like the day they were made.

Almost all jewelry stores have earrings cleaned for free (even if you didn’t buy the earrings from them). Therefore, there is no real risk that the earrings to be cleaned will be brought with you.

Jewelers usually use ultrasonic cleaners or steam engines. You also know which jewelry is safe for which cleaning process.

Final thoughts on clean earrings

Antique rare natural saltwater earrings

Every day, many of us remove contact lenses, wipe makeup, use skin toner, and a hundred other things as part of our daily cleaning routine. Making our ears and earrings a part of this routine is quick and easy. So there is no excuse for not keeping everything clean and healthy.

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